Get Smart and Be Wise (Romans 16:19)

“For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.” (Romans 16:19, KJV 1900) You may have heard the expression “Be as smart as you can, but remember that it is always betterContinue reading “Get Smart and Be Wise (Romans 16:19)”

Smooth Talkers (Romans 16:17-18)

“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.” (Romans 16:17–18, KJV 1900)Continue reading “Smooth Talkers (Romans 16:17-18)”

The Holy Kiss (Romans 16:16)

“Salute one another with an holy kiss. The churches of Christ salute you.” (Romans 16:16, KJV 1900) I cannot validate this story, but I heard of a church that used to practice giving one another a holy kiss. The story goes that this was all well and good until things got out of hand. IContinue reading “The Holy Kiss (Romans 16:16)”

Spiritual Moms (Romans 16:13)

“Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord; also his mother, who has been a mother to me as well.” (Romans 16:13, ESV) About 30 years ago, I served as the chairman of the board of elders in a small church in Savannah Georgia. When the pastor resigned, the ministry of the church fell into my lapContinue reading “Spiritual Moms (Romans 16:13)”

Memories of First-fruits (Romans 16:5b)

“Greet my beloved Epaenetus, who was the first convert to Christ in Asia.” (Romans 16:5, ESV) In 1983, the Lord saved me and he immediately impressed upon me to share my faith with others. Granted, I did not have a clue regarding what I should say other than to hand people a brochure and askContinue reading “Memories of First-fruits (Romans 16:5b)”

Godly Couples (Romans 16:3-5a)

“Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus: Who have for my life laid down their own necks: unto whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles. Likewise greet the church that is in their house.” (Romans 16:3–5, KJV 1900) Certain godly couples just stand out in ourContinue reading “Godly Couples (Romans 16:3-5a)”

“Greet . . . “ Romans 16:3-15)

Thirty-seven years ago, the Lord saved me as I was reading a Gideon Bible in a Minneapolis hotel room. I had no idea at the time of the great adventure the Lord would take me on for the past 37 years. The journey took me from Chicago, to Savannah Georgia, to Portsmouth New Hampshire, andContinue reading ““Greet . . . “ Romans 16:3-15)”

Prayer Needed (Romans 15:30-33)

“Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me;” (Romans 15:30, KJV 1900) Yesterday, I shared that Paul was confident in having Christ’s blessings in his visit to Rome. Yet, since he hadContinue reading “Prayer Needed (Romans 15:30-33)”